Friday, July 07, 2006

Skeptics Discuss Wind and Nuclear

Donald Sensing has a great piece at Winds of Change on how to end our fossil fuel dependence. He refers to Steven Den Beste's classic series of posts on why nothing but nuclear will do the job. And Den Beste showed up for the conversation! The extensive comments by him and M. Simon are well worth reading -- smart people butting heads politely.

7/7/2006 7:47 PM

PS: I'll be offline for a week.

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At Sunday, July 09, 2006 2:15:00 PM, Blogger mal said...

thanks for the link, It was a very good read.

I like the point on lead/acid batteries since we are trying very hard to eliminate heavy metals (particularly lead) in our production and waste streams ROTFL

 
At Monday, July 17, 2006 9:56:00 AM, Blogger jj mollo said...

Yes, batteries. Energy storage is as important as energy production in any system that is variable. It would be nice if we could find an sustainable energy production method that peaked predictably during morning and evening rush hours. Short of that, we need to store it. Battery science has not kept up with our requirements. It's kind of messy. It is difficult to conjure up a scientific breakthrough when you need it. Meanwhile, we just need to keep plugging away, taking our incremental gains where we can, trying to be reasonable and realistic.

 

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